Fall/Winter Programs

Our Fall/Winter Program runs for 6 months from October 1st to March 31st.  However, paddlers are welcome to join at any time with a pro-rated fee.  Please contact the Commodore at commodore@vypc.ca to discuss options.

Our programs are divided by age group and participation level. The participation level determines how often you are on the water and the number of events included in your membership fees.  Membership fees include coaching fees, facilities rental, equipment use, race registration and team building events.  For out of town events, boat transportation and race registration are included (personal travel expenses are the paddlers' responsibility).  Many programs contain some competitive events.
 
Practice and race schedules may be subject to change/cancellation due to weather or operational requirements.  Age guidelines are general and appropriateness for a program also depends on experience, maturity, and physical size. Placement of paddlers in appropriate programs is at the coaching staff's discretion.

Explorers, Ages 9-13 - $295

Paddle once a week in October, November, and March. 


Saturdays 11am-1pm

Afternoon paddles during March break.  Dates and times to be determined.

Special Halloween and Christmas paddles

No experience necessary. The Fall/Winter program is designed to help kids learn to paddle a variety of boats including sprint kayaks and outrigger canoes.

Paddlers will learn the basics of water safety and correct stroke technique, while developing strength and balance.  Through a progressive learning model, paddlers learn the fundamentals in stable boats and move to more challenging boats as their skills develop.

Cost is for a 3 month program - Pro-rated fees are available after the start of the season. Please contact our commodore at commodore@vypc.ca for information.


Nuovo Racers, Ages 12-13 and Intermediate, Ages 14+ - $395

Paddle once a week October-March (no paddling in December except for Christmas paddle) 


Saturdays 11am-1pm

Afternoon paddles during March break.  Dates and times to be determined
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Special Halloween and Christmas paddles

This group is for experienced youth 12+ and beginners age 14+.  Younger youth should talk with the coaches before registering in this program. 

Youth will learn the basics of boating safety while developing good paddling skills and technique. Paddlers will develop team-building skills, self-confidence, strength, coordination, and balance. Some practices will be in the OC6 where the focus will be on developing basic paddling skills in the outrigger canoe. Race technique and strategy will also be covered. Small boats (kayak, outrigger canoe) are part of the program and will be utilized at the coach's discretion.

Cost is for a 5 month program - Pro-rated fees are available after the start of the season. Please contact our commodore at commodore@vypc.ca for information.

 
Competitive, Ages 14+ - $595

Paddle 1 or 2 days a week. October-March (no paddling in December except for Christmas paddle)

Wednesdays  4:00-5:30pm - October and March -  paddling
Wednesdays  4:00-5:30pm - November-February - strength and fitness training
Saturdays      11am-1pm - October-March 


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For more experienced paddlers, we will be building on the previous skill sets.  The focus will be on developing increased core strength, balance, cardio, and overall fitness in order to prepare for competitive paddling and racing.  Paddlers will be developing higher-level paddling skills, as well as learning to work both independently and as part of a team.

If the weather conditions do not permit paddling, land based training will be arranged. Paddlers must be prepared with paddling and dryland clothing. Everyone is expected to be on time for practice.

Cost is for a 6 month program - Pro-rated fees are available after the start of the season. Please contact our commodore at commodore@vypc.ca for information.